Real World Gardener Sound and 5 Senses Gardening in Design Elements

September 13th, 2018


Sound in Five Senses Gardeneing

Ever wondered how to add drama to your garden with plants?

It’s easier than you think and won’t necessarily hurt the pocket.

You don’t need fancy whirling mobiles or wind sculptures at all.

Certain plants make sound when the wind whistles through them

Let’s find out about what, why and how.


Phormium tenax; NZ Flax makes a rustling sound.

I'm talking with Chris Poulton, Sydney Convenor for the Australian Institute of Horticulture and an experienced horticultural lecturer and consultant.

PLAY: Five Senses in Garden Design Sound_5th September 2018 


Chris says even the leaves of Gingko tree can make a sound when they fall onto a concrete path if it's been raining.


Gingko leaves photo M. Cannon

Yes, you can just pick out plants that will make a sound.

If you have got room for an oak tree or a swathe of Casuarinas.

Tall grasses are definitely ones to choose like Kangaroo grass, fountain grass, or carex .

Then there’s NZ flax and Nandina.

If you have any questions about five senses gardening or have a suggestion either for me or for Chris why not write in or email me at 

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